Benito Legarda y Lerma

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Benito Legarda y Lerma was the founding patriarch of the Legarda family. He was married to Cirila Tuason of the wealthy Hispano-Chinese family. Benito Legarda y Lerma was reputed to be a wealthy trader and was listed as one of the creditors of the defunct American bank and trading company Russel and Sturgis when it went bankrupt in 1876.

Benito Legarda was advertised in the Anuario Filipino 1877 as a "consignatorio de buques para viajes a Amuy," or a shipping agent for sailings to Amoy.

Benito Legarda y Lerma was reputed to have descended from a Domingo Pablo Legarda, originally from Navarra, Spain.

His oldest son Benito Legarda y Tuason, referred to as Benito Legarda II, married the legendary heiress Teresa de la Paz, widow of Don Jose Severo Tuason, the fourth lord of the Tuason Mayorazgo or noble estate. His other children were Don Miguel Legarda y Tuason, who married Doña Genoveva Zamora Flores, they were the parents of Don Vicente L. Legarda y Flores who became a famous architectand was educated in Glasgow, Scotland.

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